CRT Teleconference
Thursday, May 10, 2007
11:00 a.m. EDT
Meeting Minutes

Draft Agenda:

1) Administrative updates (Eustis)
2) EMC Requirements (Goldfine)
3) Reliability and Accuracy Benchmarks (Flater) (tentative)
4) Overview of latest draft of new VVSG class structure and changes, mechanics of requirement structure and workings, overview of material (Wack)
5) Upcoming TGDC meeting items logistics, presentations overview (Eustis, Wack)
6) Any other items

Attendees: Alan Goldfine, Allan Eustis, Brit Williams, Dan Schutzer, David Flater, Michael Koo, Paul Miller

Administrative Updates (Allan Eustis):

  • May Plenary Meeting: The draft agenda is out. We have a pre-briefing scheduled with Dr. Jeffrey on Wednesday, and EAC pre-briefing on Thursday of next week. We are trying to schedule a teleconference with the TGDC subcommittee chairs and co-chairs before the meeting - if you have any issues please let your chair and co-chair know.

EMC Requirements (Alan Goldfine):

The paper as discussed at the last CRT teleconference has been submitted to the editors for formatting and incorporation into VVSG draft. There was some tweaking to the informative language but nothing significant.

Reliability and Accuracy Benchmarks (David Flater):

Two small points: 1) We clarified the issue of how the device class control tabulator only listed benchmarks for non-user serviceable failures. The amendment made was under failure type, instead of non-user serviceable, it was changed to "all" with a footnote saying that apart from misfeeds (and jams) which are handled by a separate benchmark, TGDC experience is that central tabulator failures are never user serviceable. 2) The second issue was in regards to the misfeed rate. The benchmark was set on a 99% curve, meaning the benchmark was set so that a conforming device should leave no more than 1% chance of blowing the benchmark in the example election for the volume positive. In case of misfeeds, the benchmark was set to the rate quoted, 1 in 500.

Draft VVSG (Allan Eustis for John Wack):

The VVSG draft will go up on the web Friday and will be substantially the version that is printed for discussion at the May 21-22 plenary meeting. It is a near final draft, however some security sections are still preliminary. The plenary will focus mainly on issues of major concerns. On day 2, there will be discussion of the next steps and future TGDC meetings. We will also discuss the VVSG final review process. We are completing this document under the laws established by HAVA.

TGDC Logistics (Allan Eustis):

The web page is up as well with logistic information and draft agenda. TGDC members will receive a CD will all the information on it. Final VVSG will go on the web on Friday and also burned to CD sent to TGDC.


  • Alan Goldfine: Next CRT meeting will be next Thursday, May 17. We will discuss plenary meeting presentations which will be sent out next week. We will also schedule future subcommittee meetings - still useful to have weekly meetings.
  • Allan Eustis: Steve Berger has resigned from the TGDC. IEEE is in the process of providing a new appointment. Seat currently vacant.
  • Allan Eustis: All subcommittees will probably continue with weekly meetings after plenary.
  • David Flater: There was significant discussion about the interoperability section of the VVSG at the STS meeting this week. Changes resulted to the section to make the language more precise when discussing interoperability and integratability. Please review if you are interested in changes.
  • Brit Williams: IEEE is reconstituting its standards coordinating committee and the way that they provide input to the TGDC. NIST may be interested in joining committee.

Meeting adjourned at 11:30 a.m.

[* Pursuant to the Help America Vote Act of 2002, the TGDC is charged with directing NIST in performing voting systems research so that the TGDC can fulfill its role of recommending technical standards for voting equipment to the EAC. This teleconference discussion served the purposes of the CRT subcommittee of the TGDC to direct NIST staff and coordinate its voting-related research relevant to the VVSG 2007. Discussions on this telecon are preliminary, pre-decisional and do not necessarily reflect the views of NIST or the TGDC.]



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